Holiday are the ideal occasions to try out new and exotic wines, or enjoy your old favorites. Here is a list of tasty and affordable wines that you can have at Christmas parties, to celebrate the festive flavor of the occasion.
Chardonnay Wines– Chardonnay grapes are found in Lebanon, and are also cultivated in the Chablis region of Burgundy, France. Chardonnay is a dry white table wine, made from these grapes. Alternatively known as white burgundy, Chardonnay wine comes in a variety of flavors, like apple, lemon, tangerine, lime, pear, melon, butter and oak. Chardonnay wine goes well with sea food, pork, poultry dishes, and other preparations that have a heavy butter or cream base. It is also served with guacamole, salads, grilled shrimps and different types of curries. Some of the most well-known producers of Chardonnay wine are Chateau Montelena, Francis Ford Coppola, Shafer Vineyards, Beringer, Eola Hills, and Jacob’s Creek.
Beaujolais nouveau– It is a light-bodied, fruity and tannin-free red wine. Beaujolais is made from Gamay grapes, which are grown in Beaujolais, France. Beaujolais Nouveau has a purple-pink color, and is not meant to be stored, unlike most other wine varieties. In fact, it should be consumed within a year after the wine has been manufactured. Georges Duboeuf, Jean-Paul Thevenet, Louis Jadot and Domaine Yvon Metras are some the top producers of this variety of wine. It is generally served best with turkey and the other dishes in Christmas parties.
Pinot Noir Wines– The cultivation of Pinot Noir grapes, from which this wine is produced, is rather difficult. They have to be grown during the summer months and needs to be supported by cool breezes. It is a light-medium bodied red wine, with a fruity taste. Initially found in France, Pinot Noir is also found in various other regions of the world, like California, Oregon, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Italy. It is also known as ‘red burgundy’. It is best served with beef, fish, ham, pork, lamb, and poultry. Some of the main producers of this wine are Argyle, Coyote Ridge, De Loach, Sebastiani and King Estate.
Sauvignon Blanc– Sauvignon Blanc is said to have originated in the Loire Valley of France. In New Zealand, however, these grapes are used to produce white wine. It is a very popularly served wine, which goes well with turkey, fish, Thai food, and poultry dishes. Geyser Pea, Kim Crawford, Montes, Clos Pegase, Rutherford Ranch are some of the reputed manufacturers of this wine.
Zinfandel– Zinfandel wine is available in both red and white varieties. White Zinfandel pairs well with a wide variety of Christmas delicacies, ranging from barbeque chicken to seafood preparations. Zinfandel is also served with various types of meats, poultry, lamb, beef, and other stewed and grilled dishes. Ridge, 7 Deadly Zins, Pezzi-King, Rancho Zabaco and Edmeades are some of the top producers of this wine variety.
Along with the turkey, ham, beef and other cuisines that form an inseparable part of Christmas parties, you can also try out many different types of wines on these occasions. All that you need to ensure is that the wine you serve during Christmas parties fits in perfectly with the food menu that you decide upon.
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